The Democratic Governance Program

"DGP offers participating countries a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on trends, best practices and innovations in public service management through its twinning program."
-Jimmy R. Lwamafa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Uganda

The Democratic Governance Program (DGP) is the latest program in a series of partnership programs which commenced in the early 1990s. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), these programs build strategic partnerships between Canadian and international public sector professionals to strengthen their institution's capacity to address socio-economic priorities.

Two types of innovative partnerships are built between institutions in Canada, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.

  1. Regional partnerships are formed between public sector associations and training institutes. Forums are developed for partners to learn from one another, develop awards of excellence that recognize public sector innovation, spread public sector expertise across the globe and foster excellence in public service worldwide.

  2. Twinning partnerships are built between Canadian and international public services, public sector associations or training institutes to work on a specific project that supports the international partner's priorities.  Current and retired public servants, new professionals, academics, association directors and managers and occasionally private sector and/or civil society experts are twinned peer-to-peer to provide technical assistance through the sharing of public sector best practices, knowledge, experiences, expertise, policies, legislation, tools, and program and service delivery models with one another.

The program also provides opportunities to our program participants to knowledge share through our publications and events and incorporates a gender mainstreaming component.

Our partnership projects have led to:

  • Enhanced decision making at the centre of government in Uganda through political-bureaucratic leadership events focusing on policy and national communications.
  • Enhanced understanding and application of gender mainstreaming through the establishment of a Gender Unit within the Government of Malawi's Department of Public Service Management and the launch of a gender training program in its Staff Development Institute.
  • Enhanced citizen access to health programs through the creation of a National Agency of Telehealth and Medical Computer Science in Mali's Ministry of Health
  • Enhanced land management through the development of  a computer-assisted mass appraisal system in Namibia for valuing land
  • Enhanced citizen access to services through inter-regional collaboration and enhanced cooperation among government officials in environment management, resource mobilization, economics and business in the Philippines.

We are currently working with our Canadian partners to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

Values / principles of our partnership work:
Shared Vision All parties share a common vision based on the priorities of the international partner.
Collaboration All parties commit to collaborative approaches in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating their projects.
Teaching and Learning All parties recognize that knowledge sharing is two-way.
Relevancy All parties tailor implementation to complement the priorities, conditions and capacities of international partners to ensure relevant learning exchanges.
Ownership All parties own the partnership project activities and achievements.
Gender Equality All parties commit to incorporating gender equality principles within their projects.